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It is appropriate that in a city made famous by the likes of Adams, Franklin, Hancock and Jefferson, the giants of Philadelphia real estate have mead their marks here by making bold, independent decisions in the pursuit of their far-reaching visions for their firms and the growth of the city. Whether as owners, developers of investors, the following icons of this city's real estate industry share not only unbridled success in their business endeavors, but a passion to give back to their communtiy through civic and philanthropic activities.

DAVID J. ADELMAN

Since becoming president and CEO in 1997 at the age of 25, Adelman has led Campus Apartments to become one of the country's largest developers, owners and managers of student housing, boasting a portfolio of over 32,000 beds in 24 states that serve more than 70 colleges and universities. His business savvy has fueled the firm's strategic acquisitions and development and rehabilitation projects that have increased revenue by 300% over the last five years. In August, the firm completed its first hotel project, Homewood Suites by Hilton-University City in Philadelphia's University City District. Adelman has led a number of major projects to improve campus student lifestyle, including the University City District, to which the firm has contributed $500,000 over 10 years.

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